How Your Hygienist Helps You Avoid Cavities

Every time you brush and floss your teeth effectively, your efforts lead to the removal of plaque, as well as any food debris that might be stuck to teeth. Through this work, you can protect yourself against the threat of cavities. Unfortunately, one thing you are not able to do when you brush and floss is remove tartar. Tartar forms when plaque hardens on your teeth, which will happen if plaque is not removed in time. One reason routine dental checkups play such an important role in your ongoing efforts to stop cavities from forming is that your hygienist can remove tartar, and will do so during your professional cleaning. When nothing happens to this stubborn substance, your risk for cavities, and for gum disease, will rise.

What You Should Know About Tartar

One thing to keep in mind is that when you put in the effort to fully clean your teeth each day, you can rid your smile of plaque before tartar ever forms. You should also know that if you do have tartar on your teeth, brushing more aggressively will not help. In fact, overbrushing could lead to wear on your enamel that makes your teeth more susceptible to decay!

Is Your Daily Oral Care Routine Really Doing Enough For Your Smile?

Brushing and flossing each day can offer real smile protection, but poor habits can make these measures less effective than you may realize. If you rush through brushing, you may fail to properly clean certain areas of your teeth, which will lead to trouble. For instance, if you do an insufficient job cleaning teeth at your gum line, your risk for gum disease elevates. Failing to floss effectively also puts you in a vulnerable position. You need to perform this important step each day, and you need to make sure that when you do it, you clean vertically, rather than just move the string back and forth.

Talk To Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry About Scheduling A Routine Exam And Cleaning

A routine dental exam from Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, and the professional cleaning provided during your visit, will help you avoid problems that can hurt your smile. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 281-3659. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our staff welcome and serve patients from Rochester, MN, as well as Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding areas.